Trying to come up with an idea for a business:
My recurring themes seem to be:
Entertainment: books (non-fiction only,informational type books usually business and spiritual) enjoy listening to music and watching sports (football/baseball)(huge Georgia Bulldog fan)
Strategy: ex. I enjoy playing fantasy football/baseball but I actually enjoy the draft more than anything as I get to strategize. Any job i've had though I didn't enjoy the job always tried to figure a better way to perform the job. I'm also competitive.
overcoming struggle: Most of my favorite movies seem to deal with overcoming some type of struggle and my life has been a huge struggle. Nothing comes easy for me.
Personality: I'm quite natured and not very outgoing . Not good at meeting people. Yes I know I'll have to get better at this.
I'm a pretty good writer or so i'm told but though I think writing will be part of what I do I don't want it to be all.
Not sure what to make of this but when I was a kid I would make out schedules of sports teams and predict who I thought would win and place them in the standings. Then I'd make out a bracket for the playoffs of tournament. Lame I know but we didn't have cable TV and this was before the internet :)
Great job in some soul searching! Keep on coming up with more recurring themes and I think you'll find more things you'd like to do. What are things you value, dream, daydream, and have passion for... like time passes by to quickly when you do them or think about them?
Thanks for the encouragement. I've never found anything where I lose track of time to be honest. Maybe I'll find something before i'm too old :)
David, you mentioned "overcoming struggle". That reminded me of something Mark Victor Hansen and David Allen have talked about (In their book Cash in a Flash, I think) re: making a list of all your problems, struggles, and pain and brainstorming ways you can make money off of them. I think this is brilliant thinking. Making lemonade out of lemons. Finding ways to help and inspire others from what you've experienced.
Thanks Rich, I haven't thought of that.
One psossible Book that might help you is" CRUSH It" by GaryVaynerchuk It is about creating a blog with your passion. He is also on www.winetvlibrary.com I saw one guy here who did a blog on the GReen Bay Packers. Pay attention to copyrights and how they can limit you.. it sounds like you might be a good sports prognosticator. There are a lot of people with opinions but maybe not as many who can write good objective articles. I do not know much about the fan base of Georgia because I am from Alabama. There are some fans here who can quote all kinds of statistics from the past but that isn't really my interest.
Let me throw this out there... I have always been a charitable person... using my natural or learned skills to help people that are less fortunate financially or do not posess the skill necessary to get what they need done. So my question to you is... What are your feelings on helping people achieve personal or financial goals? I recommend reading any personal development books like "CRUSH IT" which i have never read but plan to. Anything by Darren Hardy, Jim Rohn, Joseph McClendon III. These kinds of books can "get you wheels spinning" kind of from an entrepreneurial standpoint... but it opens your mind to help you find your true passion and what you were born to do... and how you can make your passion also pay :)
Thanks Daniel. I have actually read "Crush It" and I'll also check out these other guys you have suggested and see what else I can come up with. I'll look a little deeper at what you've suggested and see if that fits with me. I appreciate your advice.
Not sure if anyone suggested this, but you should check out Dan's 48 Business Ideas. Within that PDF there is a link to Young Entrepreneur, a online publication of Entrepreneur magazine. The particular link takes you to an awesome article featuring over 100 business ideas. I personally have used this to crate several micro-businesses. Let me know what you think; hope that helps.
-Leonard Wilson, Jr.
Author of My Flexibility Manifesto: Follow Your Passion 2 Success
Leonard thanks for taking the time to respond. I downloaded the PDF and will definitely read it.
David - Have you ever thought about sports blogging? I recently started a blog about the Chicago Bears www.chicagobearscentral.com and I am loving every second of it. I am not the person at this time that can tell you exactly how to monetize it but I started this blog in the last month for several reasons.
The advice I heard from many people was just start something. Why not start a blog? Also, you mentioned your love for Fantasy Football and Baseball drafts and the strategy behind it. Why not write an e-book built around the strategy of drafting in fantasy leagues? You could make some passive income with that.
Just some thoughts but you are on the right track with the soul searching. As Dan says 85% of the process is looking inward.
Brent, I think your blog could be a great stepping stone to other sportswriting. ESPN, Yahoo and many others come to mind. You are doing such a great job too. It's been a pleasure to help you some with the process!!
Jim - Thanks for the kind words. You've been a huge encouragement throughout this process. I probably wouldn't have started the blog without you. Thanks.